The Center has been extremely active in promoting the discussion of public policies, both in the international and national contexts. In terms of global themes, it has held seminars and workshops of the New Financial Architecture, The Geopolitical Outlook for the Middle East, European Economics, the Political Crisis in Brazil, US-Cuba Relations, and the US 2016 Presidential Elections.
Considering that Education is one of the most important discussion topics in Chile, in the midst of a major political reform on the subject, the Center has invited key Columbia and Teacher College experts on this field including Miguel Urquiola, Lynn Kagan, Cristian Pop-eleches, and Chris Emdin to speak in public events and exchange their respective experiences with local educators and policy-makers.
With regards to Human Rights, and considering Chile’s dramatic history with regards to torture and killings during the Pinochet Dictatorship, the Center has co-sponsored several events, including the visit of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, who was invited by Universidad de Chile to participate in two lectures on women, indigenous, and minority rights. It also hosted the inaugural meeting of the Women Mobilizing Memory working group, who, during five days, met with local scholars, writers and activists.
With regards to issues of local interest, in 2016 the Center teamed-up with Harvard Club, Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center, the MIT Club and the MIT Sloan Management Latin America Office to hold a series of panels on current affairs. As of mid-2017, the team had jointly organized seminars on The Role of Chile’s Private Sector in Promoting Productivity Growth, Chile’s Digital Challenge, Chile’s Pension Debate, and The Future of Chile’s Copper Industry.